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        March 2009

College News

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Dean Anderson Featured as Guest Speaker on “Dentally Speaking” Radio Talk Show

College of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson was the featured guest speaker this past Sunday (March 29th) on a radio talk show called “Dentally Speaking,” hosted by Columbus-based dentist Dr. Brian Kvitko.

The “Dentally Speaking” program was broadcast on Fox Sports radio station AM 1230 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., and it showcased many of the College’s new programs and upcoming events. Topics included new “podcast” lectures for dental students; the H.O.M.E. Coach mobile clinic outreach program; the Post College Assembly events beginning April 29th; and the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery’s free oral cancer screening exams offered on May 1st.

Distributed by Fox Sports radio, the program was broadcast via Clear Channel on selected stations throughout the U.S. "Dentally Speaking" interviews are also available by podcast.

Click here to listen to the radio interview with Dean Anderson.


Post College Assembly 2009 is Open for Registration Now

The 2009 Post College Assembly (April 29 – May 2) continues a tradition of educational excellence by offering more than 50 continuing education (CE) sessions on an array of topics for today’s dental practitioner. Participants can earn up to eight continuing education units each day -- in one location and for one low price!

This year’s Post College Assembly (PCA) will showcase the College of Dentistry’s faculty experts as they partner with renowned speakers for CE presentations on a variety of subjects that include lasers, periodontics, biomodifiers, pediatric dentistry, bisphosphonates, orthodontics, esthetics, anesthetics and more.

Other PCA events will include alumni celebrations with the class of 1959 Golden Buckeye Reunion, the dean’s reception, as well as the Dental Alumni and the Dental Hygiene Alumni luncheons.

All PCA events will be held on campus at OSU’s Blackwell Hotel. (Attendees who mention their Post College Assembly participation will receive a special rate for hotel reservations.)

Online registration for CE courses and alumni events is open now at, or call (614) 292-9790 to register by phone or to request a hard-copy registration form.

Come and join us for Post College Assembly’s great continuing education courses, alumni events, and a celebration of the College of Dentistry’s Buckeye Spirit!


College Presents 5th Annual Clinical Excellence Day

The College of Dentistry will present its 5th annual Clinical Excellence Day on Wednesday, April 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 1183 and in the clinics on the 2nd floor of Postle Hall.

Clinical Excellence Day gives fourth-year dental students an opportunity to showcase their clinical skills by presenting informative posters and patient case work. Students will compete in several categories that include case presentations in esthetics, removable prosthodontics, complex restorative procedures, fixed prosthodontics, orthodontics, operative dentistry, periodontics, implants, and several mixed discipline cases.

This year's guest speaker, Dr. Steven L. Rasner, practices cosmetic dentistry in Bridgeton, New Jersey, where he was voted 2007 "best dentist" by South Jersey Magazine. Rasner's presentation is titled, “Success in 2009: The Relevance of Clinical Excellence, Motivation, and Balance.”


Free Oral Cancer Exams Offered -- May 1st

As part of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, FREE oral cancer exams will be given by the College of Dentistry’s oral surgery and oral pathology faculty and residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2009.

These free exams will be given in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic on the 2nd floor of Postle Hall at 305 W. 12th Ave.

No appointments are necessary, and no fees will be charged.

For directions and parking information, visit and click on the “directions” link. To find out more about the exams, call 614-247-6689 or e-mail


H.O.M.E. Coach Drives Dental Efforts in Licking County

One of the College’s premier outreach programs, the mobile dental clinic or “H.O.M.E. Coach" recently began a new initiative with the Licking County Health Department (LCDH). Since it was launched in 2005, the Health Outreach Mobile Experience (H.O.M.E.) Coach clinic has traveled to more than 74 Columbus-area elementary schools, providing approximately 20,000 dental procedures for underserved children in Franklin County.

Working in collaboration with the LCDH, the mobile dental clinic will visit schools and provide dental services in the Newark (Ohio) area. College of Dentistry professor and director of the H.O.M.E. Coach program Canise Bean said of this new initiative, “I saw this effort in Newark as an opportunity to have a positive impact in another community outside Franklin County — and to hopefully make a difference.”



Faculty News

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Dentistry Faculty Members Serve as Leaders at 2009 ADEA Conference

The 2009 American Dental Education Association (ADEA) conference was held March 14-18 in Phoenix, Arizona, drawing attendees from throughout the U.S.  A number of dentistry faculty members attended the conference, serving in various leadership roles and contributing their expertise in the effort to improve dental education.

Dr. Robert Rashid, a professor in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry, is a member of ADEA’s Annual Session Planning Committee and its Council of Faculties. At the recent conference in Phoenix, he was elected as the Secretary of the Dental Informatics Section. Associate Dean Cheryl Devore is the chair elect for the Section on Academic Affairs, and she serves as the Chair of the Legal Special Interest Groups. Adjunct Associate Professor Douglas Gould is the Chair of the Section on Anatomical Sciences, and he is the Chair of the Basic Science Caucus.

ADEA conference feedback can be sent to:


Dr. John Kalmar Serves as ADA/CDC Expert Panelist on Oral Cancer

Dr. John R. Kalmar is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology, and he also serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Kalmar also serves on the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and he holds a position on the editorial Board of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics.

On April 13th, Kalmar will serve as an expert panelist for an oral cancer screening workshop sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The workshop's expert panelists will analyze relevant data and examine the efficacy of an array of current oral cancer-related screening and treatment methods.


Orthodontics Professor Vig Receives the Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award

Division of Orthodontics Professor Emeritus Katherine Vig has been chosen as the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Albert H. Ketcham Memorial Award, which is presented annually by the American Board of Orthodontics in honor of “an individual who, in the judgment of the award committee, has made a notable contribution to the science and art of orthodontics.”

Professor Vig received her dental degree from the Dundee Dental School at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her orthodontic training was at Eastman Dental Hospital in London, where she served on the faculty for ten years. She joined the College of Dentistry in 1994, serving as chair of the Division of Orthodontics.

Vig is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and a past President of the IADR Craniofacial Biology Group and the American Cleft Palate Association. She currently serves on the American Association of Orthodontists’ Council on Orthodontic Education.

Staff News

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DSAC Announces Rho Sigma Staff Award Recipients

The Dental Staff Advisory Council (DSAC) recently announced the first recipients of the College of Dentistry’s Rho Sigma staff award. Emily Lyles (Assistant to the Dean) and James Rodriguez (Division of Orthodontics Dental Technician) were honored with this award that recognizes their professionalism and their “pleasant demeanor that has a positive effect on the College.” Lyles and Rodriguez each received certificates of recognition, and they were invited guests at a DSAC breakfast celebration held in their honor.


Student News

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Dentistry Student Dan Claman Profiled in 2009 ADEA Guide to Dental Schools

D4 student and American Dental Education Association (ADEA) student representative Dan Claman has been profiled in the ADEA 2009 Official Guide to Dental Schools, which offers the most comprehensive and authoritative information on dental schools in North America. Distributed to approximately 11,000 recipients nationwide, the ADEA Official Guide includes individual student profiles that showcase current dentistry students’ professional program experiences and future career goals.


DDS Student Daniel Klauer Elected as President of Inter-Professional Council

Daniel Klauer, a third-year dentistry student and former Vice President of the Inter-Professional Council (IPC), has been elected as the new President of the IPC, which is the official student government organization for Ohio State’s six professional colleges that include dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

The IPC serves the Ohio State student body, along with the Council of Graduate Students and the Undergraduate Student Government. It also provides representation for students in the professional colleges by presenting student-related issues to the University’s senior administration, and it offers services that range from professional development in research, service, and externships, as well as hosting academic forums and social events


Alumni News

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Register Online for Post College Assembly Alumni Events Now!

The College of Dentistry’s annual Post College Assembly (PCA) has reunited OSU’s dental alumni since 1939, and that tradition continues as dentistry’s alumni and friends gather for this year’s annual Dean’s Reception, and the Dental Alumni and Dental Hygiene Alumni luncheons. Members of the class of 1959 will also celebrate their Golden Buckeye (50th) reunion with a special reception.

Online registration is open now at: For more information about this year’s PCA alumni events, call Kate Charlesworth-Miller at 614-366-4990 or e-mail

Research News

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Faculty Researcher Investigates Stress, the Immune Response, and Periodontal Disease

Dr. Michael Bailey is an assistant professor in the College of Dentistry’s Division of Oral Biology, and he is a member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, as well as being an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics.

As a faculty researcher, Dr. Bailey, with the help of assistant professor of periodontology Binnaz Leblebicioglu, received funding in 2006 from a Seed Grant Program sponsored by the College’s Office of Research, which provided support for a project that investigates the role of stress in periodontal (gum) disease. Bailey’s and Leblebicioglu’s research focus was a type of bacteria called Porphyromonas gingivalis, which is commonly found in the gums of patients who are treated for periodontal disease.

Bailey has also received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to conduct similar research on the immune response as it relates to Escherichia coli bacterial infections, with the goal of understanding how short-term stress can increase the immune response and improve the body’s ability to kill this type of bacteria.

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Dr. Al Reader Wins AAE Award -- and Finds New Pain Prevention Techniques

Dentistry professor and Director of the Advanced Endodontic Program Al Reader has spent decades on research in pain prevention and pain management. In May of this year, he will receive the American Association of Endodontics’ Louis I. Grossman Award, which recognizes authors whose research publications have made an “extraordinary” contribution to the field of endodontics.

“I’ve spent most of my professional career working with other researchers in dentistry to find ways of preventing pain during these procedures,” Reader says. “There are several of us who’ve done clinical research that shows new ways of managing pain, but these advances are still a best kept secret for most dental practitioners.”

Reader's many publications on pain prevention and pain management include a recent article in the American Association of Endodontics (AAE) publication titled, “Taking the Pain out of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics: Current Thoughts and Treatment Options to Help Patients Achieve Profound Anesthesia.” Serving two important purposes for the dental practitioner, the article lists 13 common misconceptions related to local anesthesia, and it includes proven methods of achieving profound pulpal anesthesia (numbness) that ensure pain-free procedures for dental and endodontic patients.

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Office of Research Presents Distinguished Lecture – April 23rd

The College of Dentistry’s Distinguished Lecture Series presents David T. Wong,  D.M.D., D.M.Sc., a leading researcher in oral cancer and saliva diagnostics. Dr. Wong is the Associate Dean of Research and the Director of the Dental Research Institute at the UCLA School of Dentistry. His lecture, “Salivary Diagnostics,” will be presented on April 23rd from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 1187 of Postle Hall. Contact: for more information.

Upcoming Events

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April 7: Lunch discussion and video presentation on 10 Ways to Improve Blended Learning Course Design: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in room 1188. Contact:

April 13: DDS Idol contestant entry forms due. Contact:

April 23: Distinguished lecture series presents Dr. David Wong’s presentation titled, “Salivary Diagnostics.” 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 1187. Contact:

April 29: Clinical Excellence Day: guest lecture held in room 1183; student competition held in clinics on 2nd floor. Contact:

May 1: FREE Oral Cancer Screenings from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic on the 2nd floor. Contact:

Continuing Dental Education

FREE Online CE (2 CEUs)
Case Study—Oral Health Risk Assessment: an Online Interactive Case Study that focuses on advancing practice skills in risk assessment.

April 3: Symposium on Self Ligation: Topics include the pros and cons of a new array of self-ligating appliances, understanding clinical manipulations of various brackets and systems, including unique biomechanics, and a comparison of the mechanics involved in a passive/active system from leveling to finishing.

April 29 – May 2: Post College Assembly: Events include an array of continuing education courses and alumni reunion events. Contact: (for CE course info.) or (for alumni event details).

May 15: Osseointegration Lecture Series 6, Optimizing Esthetic Results: Topics include identifying options for the replacement of a single tooth, predictably and esthetically; understanding the benefits and procedures for solid abutments; and recognizing the role of implant design and surface topography in maintaining bone and soft tissue.

May 29 – 31: AGD Mastership Program: Presented at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio; courses include prosthetic treatment planning and advanced technologies for dental implants.


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FREE Online CE (2 CEUs)
Case Study—Oral Health Risk Assessment

April 3: Symposium on Self Ligation

April 29 – May 2: Post College Assembly

May 15: Osseointegration Lecture Series 6, Optimizing Esthetic Results

May 29 – 31: AGD Mastership Program




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